November 7, 2020
This was the most unusual MAC Championship Meet I have ever been apart of.It was so unusual to not have the bleachers packed with spectators and swimmers on the deck cheering for those that were competing.
Besides this fact, I cannot express my appreciation to all the volunteers today that helped make sure swimmers knew when they should leave the team room or common area to come to the pool to compete.During this time, I cannot express how much ensuring social distancing and wearing a face mask are so important and every volunteer helped to make it happen. I thank everyone that assisted in this process for to help ensure all participants were safe.
Now on to the meet:
I tried to emphasize to the girls since the Anchor Bay Dual meet that Anchor Bay was going to come in to our pool and win the Division Meet Championship and that they needed to work hard and stay focused because the team that came to win the meet would win the meet. Our girls came to swim and they were determined to win. The Lady Crusaders won the Division meet today out scoring Anchor Bay by 3 points. LCN earned 351 points and Anchor Bay earned 248 points. This was incredible because when I originally scored the meet out last Tuesday, Anchor Bay should have won the meet by 33 points based on how the swimmers were seeded. At the conclusion of diving on Thursday, Anchor Bay should have won the meet by 36 points, again this was based on how the swimmers were seeded. But, as was noted, the Lady Crusaders came to swim and they came to win.
I am not sure how many people looked at the results as they were posted, but LCN had a great lead after the 200 Free. but Anchor Bay kept fighting back and after the 100 Fly, Anchor Bay had taken the lead. LCN stayed close and the teams kept trading the lead.. LCN was finally wining again after the backstroke, but lost the lead (by 3 points) after the breaststroke. The championship was going to come done to the final relay. LCN needed to win this event to win the meet. The two teams had seeding times that were only 1.59 seconds apart, and the team of Lauren Paris, AnnDee Geddes, Brianne Lowe and Emma Bauer proved the team wanted the championship and defeated Anchor Bay by 11.81 seconds. These same four girls missed the D1 State cut by 0.24 seconds.
The reason the team was victorious was because the following swimmers swam personal best times for the season: 200 Free - Lauren Paris, Olivia Perfili and Makayla Owensby, 200 IM - Emma Bauer, AnnDee Geddes, Samantha Tauriainen and Jenna Loyal, 50 Free - Brianne Lowe, Sara Bauer and MacKenzie Owensby, 1 Meter Diving - Madison Lum, 100 Fly - Emma Bauer and AnnDee Geddes, 100 Free - Lauren Paris and Emilia Ridderikhoff, 500 Free - Olivia Perfili and Makayla Owensby, 100 Back - Samantha Tauriainen, Brianne Lowe, Jenna Loyal and Madison McMullin, 100 Breast - Emilia Ridderikhoff and MacKenzie Owensby.
As you can see, based on the results, the Lady Crusaders wanted to win this meet and I could not be more proud of this years team than I am. This is the first time in I do not know how many years the team completed the MAC season as an undefeated team.
Just an FYI, I am looking at having a Last Chance Meet next Thursday to give those swimmers a chance at qualifying for the D1 State Meet. If it is possible, I would like every swimmer swim in this meet. I will post more information about this meet ASAP.